Basic Aquarium Needs.
Feed them; observe their behavior and check for possible signs of illness. Remove any dead fish
Monitor the temperature.
|Make sure that the filter (and/or pump) is working properly|
|Twice a Week||
Monitor the pH and levels of ammonia and nitrites.
|Once a Week||
Remove dead or fallen leaves.
|Change 10 percent of the water volume.||Siphon off waste with the water change in the first month after the aquarium has been set up.||
Clean half the filter media, then the other half the following week. Clean the outside glass.
|Every TWO weeks||If necessary, prune fastgrowing plants.||
Siphon off the waste at the same time as the water change.
Clean the inside front glass and the condensation tray or cover glass.
|Every 3-6 months||If necessary, propagate slow-growing plants||
Change any activated carbon in the filter. Service the air pump and filter motor, following the manufacturer's instructions.
|Once a year||Change the fluorescent bulbs.|
|When Necessary||Remove undesirable algae||
Readjust the water level.
Replace the filter media.
Ground Rules of Maintenance
|Check every day that the electrical equipment is working properly||Inspect the fish every day||Change the fluorescent bulbs once a year.|
|Clean the front glass to remove algae.||Clean the condensation tray or cover glass every two weeks.|
|Look after the vegetation and remove dead leaves.||
Clean the filter media regularly.
|Siphon off waste from the substrate.||Service the filter motor according to the maker's instructions|
|Remove uneaten food every day.||
||Check the temperature every day.|